Wind-blown fires claim rural barns in Brown County

Horton Headlight – March 27, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 1, 2014

Barns were lost, but nearby residences were saved in two separate weekend fires in Brown County.

Information was provided by Doniphan County Fire Chief Joe Florence of Highland, whose department responded to assist through mutual aid.

One wind-swept blaze erupted about 4:00 p.m. last Friday at a location near Highway 36, along 230th Road, west of Timber Road.

Florence said the origin of the fire was in dry grass, which then spread through a field. Two of three barns were destroyed, “but we managed to save the residence,” the chief said.

Fire units from Horton, Hiawatha and Robinson also responded to the fire.

The second mutual aid call took place on Sunday afternoon. The location was at 1970 240th Road, about eight miles into Brown County.

Florence said this blaze was started in dry grass, and the wind quickly carried it to three structures, including an old barn that was destroyed. “Again, firefighters managed to keep the flames away from the residence,” he said.

Responding to this blaze were fire units from Horton, Everest, Hiawatha, Robinson, Denton, Powhattan and Highland.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster